How to Install Plex on Your Synology NAS with Docker

Last updated on May 8th, 2023 at 08:40 am

Plex is a media server software that allows users to organize, manage, and stream their personal media library, such as movies, TV shows, music, and photos, to a variety of devices including smart TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles, and mobile devices. Plex is available as a free software and also as a paid service (Plex Pass) that provides additional features such as live TV and DVR, parental controls, and multi-user support. With Plex, users can easily access their media library from anywhere in the world, and it supports features such as auto-tagging, automatic subtitle downloading, and integration with a wide range of third-party services.

Step 1

Before we start, please ensure you have Docker installed. This can be installed through the Synology Package Center.

Step 2

We now need to create the Plex Docker folder. Head into File Station and open the Docker folder. Select Create, choose Create folder and name it plex.

Step 3

We will now head into Control Panel > Task Scheduler > Create > Scheduled Task and click User-defined script. (see demonstration)

Step 4

In the window that appears, insert the following:

In the General tab, In the Task field, enter Plex. From the User list, select root. Uncheck the Enabled option.

In the Schedule tab, Select Run on the following date (make sure It’s today’s date). Now select Do not repeat.

In the Task Settings tab, under Notification, You can choose to turn this on, otherwise skip this. Now copy-paste the following code into the Run command area. Now click OK.

docker run -d --name=plex \
  --net=host \
  -e PUID=1026 \
  -e PGID=100 \
  -e VERSION=docker \
  -e PLEX_CLAIM= `#optional` \
  -v /volume1/docker/plex:/config \
  -v /volume1/data/media:/data \
  --restart unless-stopped \

Important: Make sure you change the PUID, PGID values to match your own. Please ensure you also change (data/media) to match your download/media directory.

Step 5

When the below warning appears, press OK.

Step 6

You will now see your list of tasks. Select Plex, now press Run.

Step 7

When asked to run, press Yes.

Step 8

The installation process has now finished. Give it a few seconds to appear in your Docker list.

Step 9

Open your browser and enter the link to your new container http://synologyip:32400/web

Step 10

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your Plex installation and add your media folders. See the screenshots below:

Docker Compose and Portainer

If you would prefer to install with Docker Compose or Portainer, use the following code. You can also view a demonstration here.

version: '3.3'
        container_name: plex
        network_mode: host
            - PUID=1026
            - PGID=100
            - VERSION=docker
            - '/volume1/docker/plex:/config'
            - '/volume1/data/media:/data'
        restart: unless-stopped

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